The FAI are investigating a way to bring back both adult amateur and underage soccer once the Government issues an update on lockdown procedures around the Covid-19 pandemic.

A steering group has been formed to help create a roadmap for a return to action and is engaging with representatives from the FAI Board, adult amateur football leagues, all underage football leagues and the FAI National and Provincial Affiliates and Grassroots staff. 

All soccer under the auspices of the FAI is suspended until 5 May at the very earliest, but that suspension is likely to be extended.

Whilst awaiting updates from the HSE and Government which will establish a timeline for a return, the steering group is looking to produce a policy document which will have as little negative impact as possible on competitions nationwide, including national cup competitions. 

FAI Interim Deputy CEO Niall Quinn said: "It is imperative that we begin to examine all potential returns for our game and examine all criteria around a return. We must be prudent and prepare for all eventualities.

"All our Leagues and clubs need to plan for a comeback date now to ensure we are all prepared to hit the ground running when football gets the green light to resume.

"We hope that date will be sooner rather than later but we owe it to our clubs, players and volunteers to prepare for all eventualities around shortened seasons and even cancelled seasons if it comes to that. The Association will consider all viewpoints then draw up a guidance document around League and Cup fixtures, player registration and transfer windows and potential ends to seasons already underway."

FAI President Gerry McAnaney added: "The Football Association of Ireland remains committed to following all guidelines issued by the HSE, the Department of Health and Government in relation to any resumption for football at all levels across the country."